Cubs Sign Brent Lillibridge and Darnell McDonald to Minor League Contracts

According to multiple reports, the Cubs signed utilityman Brent Lillibridge and outfielder Darnell McDonald to minor league contracts that include non-roster invitations to big league camp.

Counting Lillibridge and McDonald, the Cubs have signed 16 players to minor league contracts this off-season that will be in big league camp on non-roster invites this spring.

Brent Lillibridge had a rough 2012 season after a decent year with the White Sox in 2011. Lillibridge was dealt to the Red Sox, along with Zach Stewart, in the Kevin Youkilis deal then DFA’d by Boston. Lillibridge finished the year with the Indians and managed just a .195/.250/.274/.524 line with six doubles and three home runs in 102 games with the White Sox, Red Sox and Indians. Lillibridge hit .258/.340/.505/.845 with five doubles and 13 home runs in 97 games for the southside in 2011.

The 29-year old right-handed hitting utilityman will compete for a job on the Cubs’ bench this spring.

Brent Lillibridge’s Page on Baseball-Reference

Darnell McDonald played in 42 games for the Red Sox and Yankees last season and the 34-year old outfielder managed only a .205/.297/.352/.649 line with seven doubles and two home runs. McDonald signed a free-agent contract with the Red Sox in 2009.

Darnell McDonald’s Page on Baseball Reference

The Cubs also announced the signing of Dayan Diaz. The soon-to-be 24-year old right hander (February 10, 1989) has pitched in 91 games over six seasons in the Astros’ system with only 10 starts. The 5-foot-10, 156-pound right-hander owns a 15-12 record with a 2.13 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

Dayan Diaz’s Page on Baseball-Reference

The Cubs have invited 16 players to big league camp that signed minor league contracts this winter. The full list of non-roster invitees will announced later this month.

Cubs Non-Roster Invitees to Spring Training


  • Andrew Carpenter
  • Jaye Chapman
  • Dayan Diaz
  • Jensen Lewis
  • Blake Parker
  • Zach Putnam
  • Hisanori Takahashi
  • Cory Wade


  • J.C. Boscan


  • Brent Lillibridge
  • Alberto Gonzalez
  • Edwin Maysonet
  • Brad Nelson


  • Brian Bogusevic
  • Johermyn Chavez
  • Darnell McDonald

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  • paulcatanese

    Well thats a couple more gems showing up tor Spring training.

    • daverj

      Haha! That should have been a quote in the movie Major League!

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  • Theboardrider

    What’s with Diaz? Great ERA. Where’s the catch?

    • Ripsnorter1

      He has spent 3 years in the FRK (freshman rookie league), plus one year in the Rookie League, and one year in A- ball. Last year he pitched in A ball. He has never pitched above A ball. Why doesn’t he move up? Apparently, they don’t think he’s good enough.

      • Theboardrider

        Thanks Rip. I didn’t catch “system,” I thought those were MLB numbers. Either way it’s pretty good, but he is small for a right-hander.

        • Ripsnorter1

          I see that he walked 30 in 58 IP last year. Too many walks. He fanned 64.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Lillibridge probably makes the team. He plays OF and INF both.

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